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3 migrants detained from EU-flagged vessel by Tripoli-based coastguard – SeaWatch

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LIBYA – Three migrants were allegedly detained and removed from an offshore resupply vessel on Saturday, Sea Watch reports.

The German migrant rescue NGO Sea Watch, reports that three migrants that swam to an offshore vessel after their boat rubber boat collapsed, had been picked up the Libyan authorities. This incident unfolded while a further three migrants were seen clutching the wreckage of the boat.

Sea Watch adds that the, ‘European-flagged ship’ – Vos Triton, did not offer protection to those in the water and had instead allowed the Libyan authorities to board and detain those who had sought rescue on board.

They state that the event unfolded while they were carrying out aerial surveillance of what they argue was an act of forcible return by the Libyan Coastguard.

From the cockpit of the MoonBird (Sea Watch’s aerial asset) the crew observed people jumping from a rubber dinghy to escape the interception. Sea Watch says that the footage of activity over the last 48 hours shows, ‘how direly rescue capacities are needed there.’

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